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9/22/2017

Halawa Correctional Facility, in partnership with Kamehameha Schools and the innovation company Oceanit, is offering inmates a chance to learn how to program robotic cars through computer coding classes. "Software coding and just working with computers and technology is going to be the biggest growing industry and so the more skills we can set them up with, the better off they're going to be when they join all of us out here," said Oceanit's Sumil Thapa.

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9/21/2017

Students at a California middle school are prohibited from using their cellphones at lunch, except in designated areas. Principal Rebecca Gogel says the goal is to encourage students to engage in conversation.

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California middle school
9/21/2017

Security breaches in education during the year's first six months increased 103% over the last half of 2016, writes Joshua Bolkan, citing a report from Gemalto. The report shows 118 attacks -- involving about 32 million records -- occurring in education during the six-month period.

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9/20/2017

Students who are a year older than their peers when they start kindergarten are 2.1% more likely to attend college and 3.3% more likely to graduate from college, according to a study. Researchers compared the academic accomplishments of students born in August and September -- because of most school-registration rules, the students born in September were more likely to start school one year later.

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9/20/2017

Using biometrics can help school leaders save time and money by replacing ID cards and streamlining such processes as lunch lines and roll call, educator Amanda Murphy writes. However, leaders should be aware of security threats and work with parents to ease privacy concerns, she notes in this commentary.

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EdTech online
9/19/2017

A lack of time and devices are among the top obstacles that teachers and administrators face when adopting digital learning, according to a survey by education-technology company Schoology. Most survey respondents said digital learning improved student achievement and teacher effectiveness.

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Schoology
9/19/2017

More educators, such as California fifth-grade teacher Tammy Dunbar and New York teacher Amy Rosenstein, are using Skype to introduce their students to guest speakers from around the globe. Dunbar says the sessions teach students empathy and compassion for others, while Rosenstein says the talks spark interest in learning about other parts of the world.

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9/19/2017

Peer feedback can enhance students' portfolios and spark helpful discussions, writes Lisa Johnson, who works at a K-12 one-to-one iPad school district in Texas. In this blog post, she shares several ways educators can engage students in such discussions.

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9/19/2017

More colleges and universities are adding graduate programs -- both online and on campus -- to generate income for undergraduate programs, some higher-education experts say. Some criticize the move, pointing to data that show rising tuition for graduate programs has left more students in debt.

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The Hechinger Report
9/19/2017

Educators used social media and Google Docs to build a network with other principals to help schools in Texas affected by the storm Harvey. Ronny Snow's school in the northern part of Texas raised supplies, clothes, food and other items for one school in Dayton, where the principal used social media to help distribute the supplies.

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social media, Google Docs